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Offline jonny round boy

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ShaderLight Rendering Add-On for SketchUp
« on: February 03, 2011, 03:45 PM »
I found a new (to me) rendering program today, called ShaderLight. I found it via a video on YouTube:

I downloaded it to try it out. You get full useability for 14 days, then its $199 (which seems a lot, but then I use a lot of free software!). I've tried a few rendering programs that work with SketchUp, but I really struggle to get my head round the lighting aspect, and as a consequence the renderings always look either too washed out, or underexposed (or a combination of both!).

This program has some pre-set lighting settings, and with these, and only about 10 minutes of playing, I managed to get quite decent results! The rendering itself took about 80 minutes on my crappy old laptop, but I'm quite pleased with it. This is a model I'm working on for a sysport/MFT3 base:


It's not a finished design yet, but I wanted to check the render program. The FOGtainers and the latches are both too bright so I've now altered the colours in SketchUp to compensate, but I haven't re-done the render yet (I need the computer!).

If you're thinking of trying some photo-rendering, then this may be worth looking at. I don't think I'll be buying a licence after my 14 days, but already I've had better results than I've had with any of the completely free/non-time limited programs.
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Offline Kristian

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Re: ShaderLight Rendering Add-On for SketchUp
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2011, 04:26 PM »
Hi Jonny

Thanks for the links. The program look really impressive - as does your model. I do a lot of work in SketchUp but I have never tried rendering. I guess that's the next step for me. It looks like there will be a Mac version of the program available in March this year. Looking forward to that.

Yeah, $199 is more than the average price we normally pay for programs, utilities and whatnot but if it does the job and it's good to use then I wouldn't mind paying for the full version. Just think of the money we spend on our tools.  [smile]

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Offline jmbfestool

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Re: ShaderLight Rendering Add-On for SketchUp
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2011, 05:32 PM »
I have tried loads the one you mentioned some are rubbish even though they where trails!  I was thinking no way would I pay for the full lol If it was free and rubbish then you could understand.    Any way the best FREE one I think is kerkythea have your tried that one?

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